Joseph Aoun

Higher Ed

  • Advanced degrees
  • Economy and college
  • Federal policy
  • Online learning
  • Personalized learning
  • Public universities
  • Research universities
  • Veterans
  • Workforce development

A leader in higher education policy and a prominent linguistics scholar, Joseph E. Aoun is a renowned futurist in the debate on the 21st-century university.  An outspoken proponent of global and experiential learning, he expanded Northeastern University’s signature co-op program to 120 countries and all seven continents.  He focused Northeastern’s research on three global imperatives – health, security and sustainability – to create entrepreneurial solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.  Under his leadership, Northeastern established a network of graduate campuses and amassed one of the country’s largest libraries of online and hybrid degree programs. Aoun received his doctorate in linguistics and philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and advanced degrees from the University of Paris VIII in France and Saint Joseph University in Beirut, Lebanon.  He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and a past Chair of the American Council on Education.